Springs was originally scheduled to fight Daniel
Judah for the UBO title, but when Judah pulled out
Herring jumped in and took the fight on short
notice, flying in from Orlando, Florida on the day
of the fight to save promoter Nate Tubbs´s main
event on a show where part of the proceeds are
going to help fund the Nate Tubbs Group Home for
Tubbs had earlier seen his co-feature, a UBO
International Female Super Featherweight title
fight, scrapped when a pre-fight physical showed
that one of the contestants is pregnant.
Willie Herring, who actually holds a significantly
higher BoxRec ranking than Daniel Judah despite a
spotty professional record, and has a victory over
IBF # 3 contender Troy Ross and a draw with
world-class light heavyweight Shaun George, was
coming off a bad run at heavyweight.
Moving back down to Cruiserweight, where he has
only lost three times, twice in title fights and
once due to an injury, proved to be a wise
decision for the 32-year-old.
Herring knocked Springs down in the first round
with a hard right hand, and the former NABO
champion got up on shaky legs.